Just as many New
Yorkers never visit the Statue of Liberty or the top of the Empire State
Building, a lot of Manchester residents donít visit the Currier Museum. And
itís their loss.
Why? Because the Currier, which turns 75 this year, has long been one of the cityís standout cultural institutions. And even if fine art isnít your bag, you really should get acquainted with what your hometown offers.
Thanks to the long-term vision of Gov. Moody Currier, who opened the museum in 1929, Manchester today is home to a world-class art collection, beautiful facilities and programs that compare favorably with much larger museums in other parts of the country.
This is good for
art, but itís also good for Manchesterís overall economic health. By enriching
the quality of life, the Currier brings incalculable value to the city.
How? By attracting visitors, for one.
Also, the Currier helps attract big businesses. When itís time to set up shop or relocate, companies increasingly look to a communityís arts scene as a major factor in the decision.
Companies with the high-paying jobsóprofessional work in software, marketing, design and so onówill not settle for cultural backwaters, and neither will their employees.
So, with the Currier going strong at 75, Manchester is in a good position to get its share of tomorrowís business action. Such developments donít happen overnight, but they do happen.
And itís fitting, really, because long-term vision is what the Currier is all about. Thereís the vision of the artists whose work is displayed and cared for inside it, of course. But thereís also the long-term vision of the Currier family, which established the museum on the property of their former home.
They opened the gallery that bears their name not for personal glory, but as a gesture of good will to the community that gave them their livelihood and stature.
Now, after decades of careful stewardship, the Currier stands today as an irreplaceable asset to Manchester and the region.
And, in this age of short-term thinking, it begs the question: Where are the Moody Curriers of today? Who among us today is willing to look to the long term for the benefit of Manchester three or four generations hence?
So visit the Currier. The art may inspire you, and so may the enduring example of community service set so long ago by the Currier family, who acted not out of self-interest, but out of selflessness.
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